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Cardinal Sarah on Doctrine and Pastoral Practice (Also, Prayer and Fasting)

When it comes to contemporary questions about the relationship between doctrine and pastoral practice, the cardinal makes it clear he supports no separation:

The idea of putting Magisterial teaching in a beautiful display case while separating it from pastoral practice, which then could evolve along with circumstances, fashions, and passions, is a sort of heresy, a dangerous schizophrenic pathology.

From the ChurchPop article Cardinal Sarah Reveals His Secret Weapon for Spiritual Battle in New Book


When he first became an archbishop, he explains, he made a commitment to do a three-day retreat every two months. During these retreats, he completely fasts from both food and water, and takes with him only the basic supplies for Mass, the Bible, and other spiritual reading. He says this has helped him “to recharge and return to the battle.

Of course, there’s nothing original about prayer and fasting: Jesus practiced both and exhorted his disciples to do the same.

But how many of us actually do it?


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